A little while ago, I got the latest issue of the Life Defender in the mail. For those unfamiliar with the newsletter, it is a publication of the organization Virginians for Life, a pro-life organization based out of Front Royal. Although the issue contained a number of interesting pieces, including a small picture of yours truly, the item that caught my eye was a provocatively entitled article “What Should We Do When Pro-life Politicians Sell Out for 30 Pieces of Political Silver?” For those with even the most basic knowledge of the Bible, you should instantly recognize the reference to Judas. For the price of 30 pieces of silver, Judas agreed to betray Jesus to the Jewish authorities and thus led to Jesus’ crucifixion. Now this article claims that a certain Virginia politician has sold out the pro-life movement in exchange for political capital, but who might this politician be? Why, it is none other than State Senator Ken Cuccinelli. But how you may ask, according to this article, did the conservative Cuccinelli betray the pro-life cause? By endorsing Frank Wolf.
Now I think that anyone who has read much of this blog would not be surprised to hear that Rep. Frank Wolf is not one of my favorite Virginia politicians. He supported the $700 million dollar bailout of Wall Street, he supported bartering our freedoms by voting for the Patriot Act, and he supported limiting our gun rights through the Brady Bill, just to name a few issues of concern. But when it comes to the issue of life, for the most part, Rep. Wolf is actually pretty good. He is against partial-birth abortion, votes to remove much of Planned Parenthood’s funding, has an 85% voting record with National Right to Life in 2007, and typically supports the pro-life movement. So what is his great sin, that which tarnishes him in the eyes of Virginians for Life? He is pro-life except in the cases of rape and incest. As I stated in the past, although I don’t agree with these exceptions, I do not condemn those pro-lifers who hold them, but treat them as brothers and sisters in the fight. Think about it for a moment. Not only would banning abortion except in cases of rape and incest reduce the number of abortions in this nation to a relatively few, it would also be a solution which I believe a majority of Americans could rally behind. Do I want abortions in this country? Absolutely not, but, like those who favor gun control, we must work though incrementalism and not tear ourselves apart through infighting.
Would I support Frank Wolf for Attorney General of Virginia? No, I wouldn’t. But, on the same hand, I cannot condemn Ken Cuccinelli for endorsing him based upon the life issue either. After all, Cuccinelli is on the ballot, Wolf is not. Plenty of conservatives supported McCain even though I did not. Should I treat them as unrepentant heretics? Heaven forbid. Not only would I alienate myself, I would also condemn many otherwise fine and upstanding people that I respect and desire to work along side, not against. Fellow conservatives, I firmly believe that Senator Cuccinelli represents a strong hope for us in the coming years and we must continue to advance our beliefs through whatever candidates and organizations share such values. To Senator Cuccinelli, I say good luck to you, sir. To Virginians for Life, I say do whatever you can to continue to fight for the unborn, but please do not disparage the strongly pro-life Cuccinelli on this fundamental issue. There are certainly Judases among our ranks, but Ken Cuccinelli has proven himself to be our friend and ally, not a traitor.